Aidy Bryant attends the premiere of Hulu's "Shrill" at the Walter Reade Theater on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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Plus-size actresses finally assume leading roles in movies and TVLong relegated to providing comic relief or playing supporting parts, plus-size actresses are finally getting their due with juicy front-and-center roles in a sign of shifting attitudes toward diverse body types. New Hulu series "Shrill," which debuted Friday and is adapted from the best-selling autobiography of Lindy West, is the latest example of studios willing to depart from the tried and tested formula of slender leading ladies who have dominated the small screen since its creation.Today, Melissa McCarthy is one of the few plus-size actresses whose weight and physical appearance is barely remarked upon during a film.In "Shrill," Annie, played by Aidy Bryant, is constantly reminded of her obesity through a series of microaggressions in the opening scene.
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